About the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council

Building effective business relationships between Australia and the Pacific Islands region.

The Australia Pacific Islands Business Council is an independent association of businesses based in Australia and throughout the Pacific Islands region.

The APIBC was established in 2000 with the aim of providing a framework within which the private sector can communicate with the Australian and Pacific Islands governments at the highest political and policy advising levels with a view to finding solutions to trade and investment issues. It also provides members with an unparalleled network to help further their business goals in the Pacific Islands region. The APIBC works in close co-operation with the Australia Fiji Business Council and the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council which perform similar functions for business between Australia and those two countries.

What Pacific Island Countries does the Council cover?

The Council covers all Pacific Island countries apart from Fiji and Papua New Guinea. These countries are covered by sister Business Councils the APNGBC and AFBC.

The Australia Pacific Islands Council covers the following countries:

  • American Samoa
  • Cook Islands
  • CNMI
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • French Polynesia
  • Guam
  • Kiribati
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Wallis and Futuna

Who Are The Members?

Membership of the Council includes a wide range of industry groups, from large corporations to small family companies.

Some of the industries represented are: shipping, trading companies, freight forwarding, manufacturing, transport, airlines, accountancy/audit, management and business consultancy, insurance, building & construction, tourism, banking, petroleum, tobacco, food/confectionery, and legal services.

The Council operates with an Executive Committee made up of a President, Vice Presidents, several Executive Committee Members, view the current Executive Committee

What activities does the council offer its members?

The Council’s activities include participation in regular meetings with Australian Government ministers and policy officials to discuss major policy issues of concern to Australian business, the receiving and sending of trade and investment delegations between Australia and Pacific Island economies, and the holding of trade, investment and information seminars on the Pacific Island economies. To keep members informed of developments in the Pacific Island economies we distribute information to members regularly on current political, economic and social issues. Of particular value to members whose interests in the region are in the early stages of development is that the Council provides access to an unparalleled network of Australian businesses with long experience in the region.

By becoming a member, you can access all these industries and a well-established network of businesses already operating in the Papua New Guinea and the wider Pacific.

As a member of the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council, you also gain access to an online hub of comprehensive information and timely updates on Australia and the Pacific Islands regions you are subscribed to. We send regular communication on political, economic and social issues and other topics. Members are given exclusive early access to Business Council activities such as invitations to important events, key meetings with government officials and delegates from both Australia and Pacific Island Countries as well as opportunities to participate in trade delegations. The Australia Pacific Islands Business Council is also developing a suite of member benefits within Australia and the Pacific region that will only be accessible to subscribed members.

You can learn more about the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council by downloading this brochure.



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